Getting a hearing test is not something most of us put on our to-do list, but it should be. Hearing loss is prevalent in our society with at least 20% of us experiencing some sort of hearing problem. While the risks associated with neglecting your hearing can lead to other complications, being proactive about your hearing loss only results in positive outcomes.
You may not realize you’re living with hearing loss, because you don’t know what you’re missing. Conversations or environmental sounds that you may have been able to hear crisply ten years ago may be absent from your hearing altogether. Having your hearing assessed and treated if needed will help bring those sounds back if they’re escaping you, giving you improved hearing.
Even if you don’t have hearing loss, you’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing you aren’t one of those living with this third most common health problem in America. Hearing loss is sometimes a precursor or indicator of other medical conditions that need treatment, such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
Unlike many other conditions, most types of hearing loss are treatable. So why not get evaluated, and treated if needed? The earlier you detect hearing loss, the more treatable it is. And, if you’re worried about the stigma of hearing aids, you shouldn’t be. Modern hearing aids today are incredibly small and come in a range of hearing aid styles. Regular hearing evaluations should be conducted starting at an early age.
Hearing tests are incredibly simple to implement. Most school-age children qualify for free hearing screening, and many adults have access to free hearing tests as well. Hearing tests do not cause any pain either. It’s a simple procedure that can help establish a baseline for your own hearing from which to measure against in the future.
Gradual hearing loss can affect an individual in many ways, especially emotionally. Hearing loss is often consistent with decreased ability to participate in conversations or social functions because an individual cannot hear what’s being said. This may result in increased isolation which leads to a higher risk of depression, dementia, and cognitive decline. Those with hearing loss also have an increased chance of falls, and subsequent injury.
You may be surprised to have your hearing tested with a result of a hearing loss diagnosis. While jarring at first, treating your hearing loss may result in increased participation in conversations, and higher performance at work, which translates eventually into higher earnings.
Testing your hearing is a healthy proactive measure that can filter out into other areas of health. You may start thinking about other actions you can take to stay ahead of your health, like identifying issues when they are still small, easily manageable ones.
If you haven’t had your hearing evaluated for a while, now is the time to do so for your health and your well being. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office to schedule a hearing test with a hearing health professional today.